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09-28-2012, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by William H Bonney View Post
The NTDP U17 squad had their first official USHL game tonight against Des Moines and won 6-1. Jack Eichel had 2 assists, Chris Wilkie and Dylan Larkin each had a goal and an assist, and Sonny Milano also scored again. Thatcher Demko made 41 saves on 42 shots.

It looks like U17's top line is Milano - Eichel - Wilkie. All three guys are hyped prospects. Should be a pretty dynamite line.
I watched the game and I thought that top line was great.

Eichel is pretty much everything you'd want in a top line center. He's an excellent skater, strong puck handler, has great vision and passing ability and a strong shot. I was also quite impressed with his defensive play as he showed good positioning and was great on the back check. It'd be nice to see him add some snarl to his game though.

Milano is a nice player too; good stick skills, skating and a nose for the net. He'll just have to focus on gaining strength as he was badly out matched along the boards on a number of occasions.

This was a big win for the U17s but the game was very close through the first two periods. Demko was a real difference maker for them in that stretch as he came up with a number of big saves to keep the team in the game before Des Moines' melt down in the third. I'll be intrigued to see how the younger goalies perform over the coarse of the season as they're going to face a lot of quality chances until the defense learns how to handle the bigger, faster forwards they're facing.

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